Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wimbledon 2017: Dry, warm conditions to mark start of tournament Monday

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 29,2017, 8:23:06AM,EDT
Following an unsettled week across the United Kingdom, more tranquil weather will prevail early next week just in time for Wimbledon.
Dry weather is expected on Monday and Tuesday with a mixture of cloud and sunshine each day.
A weak storm system crossing northern parts of the U.K. will cause more cloud and showers in those areas while warmer air is pulled northward into southern England.
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This surge of warmer air will send temperatures a few degrees above normal in Greater London with highs around 24 C (75 F) both Monday and Tuesday.
A high temperature of 21 C (70 F) is more common in early July.
The dry and comfortable start to Wimbledon may not last as a stronger storm system will approach from the Atlantic during the second half of next week.
The exact speed and track of this storm will determine its impacts to Wimbledon, but there will likely be at least a day or two with rainfall between Wednesday and Sunday.
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Andy Murray of Britain kisses his trophy after beating Milos Raonic of Canada in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 10,2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

While Centre Court has a retractable roof, the other 19 championship courts and 22 practice courts at the All England Club remain open to the elements, thus leaving the start and completion times of some matches in the hands of Mother Nature.
Wimbledon says that since 1922, only seven tournaments have experienced no weather delays. The last rain-free tournament came in 2010.
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Despite the threat for rainfall, overall temperatures are expected to remain higher than normal through at least the first week of the tournament.
In fact, if the storm system were to track across the northern U.K., there could be a day or two of very warm conditions at Wimbledon.
In this scenario, high temperatures could reach or surpass 27 C (80 F), but an intense heat wave is not expected.
In 2015, the high temperature reached 36.7 C (98.1 F) in London during tournament play making it the hottest Wimbledon on record. This magnitude of heat is not expected during this year's tournament.

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